Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) have awarded a US$2.8 billion task order to Dragados/Hawaiian Dredging/Orion JV to replace Dry Dock 3 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF).
The planned five-year project will construct a graving dock in order to support PHNSY’s ability to continue serving the US Navy decades into the future by maintaining and modernising the US Pacific Fleet’s nuclear-powered submarines.
“As part of the Navy’s Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP), replacing Dry Dock 3 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is a critical enabler of increased naval capability,” explained Pete Lynch, Program Executive Officer for Industrial Infrastructure, who oversees SIOP. “This project is a key investment in increasing capacity and modernizing our nation’s public shipyards through upgraded dry docks and facilities, new equipment, and improved workflow.”
Dry Dock 3 at PHNSY & IMF will become functionally obsolete once the Navy’s Los-Angeles class submarines are no longer in service. The dry dock, which was built in 1942, is unable to service Virginia-class submarines or larger surface ships.
“We look forward to working with Dragados/Hawaiian Dredging/Orion JV, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, and all our stakeholders on this project over the next several years in order to deliver this critical capability to the Fleet,” said Capt. Steve Padhi, commanding officer of Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. “The project team and cooperating agencies have gone above and beyond to set the conditions for success. We have incorporated lessons learned and best practices from other dry dock projects and field offices across the Navy, and we have consulted with our construction contractors early in order to confidently meet the requirements we’ve been given. My OICC team and I are ready to get started on this historic effort.”
The Navy is in the process of investing heavily in shipyard infrastructure for nuclear-powered warships. It established SIOP to increase throughout at the four public shipyards by updating their phsyical layout, upgrading and modernising their dry docks and replacing antiquated capital equipment with modern tools and technologies.
SIOP is an investment plan that when executed, will deliver required dry dock repairs and upgrades to support current and planned future classes of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, optimise workflow within the shipyards, and recapitalise industrial plant equipment with modern technology to increase productivity and safety.